Why Do I Feel I Don't Belong to the Brazil on TV? Academic Article uri icon


  • Telenovelas have been considered the predominant popular genre on television, the most widely available and popular national medium, in Brazil, for more than 30 years (Straubhaar, 1982). However, we argue in this article that although telenovelas do indeed have this remarkable penetration and popularity in Brazil, their reception is mediated by audience class, geographical location, race, and issues with media content. Many in the audience feel disenfranchised from the dominant telenovela representations, particularly on the primary network, TV Globo, because of their rural, Northeastern status and identity, or their Afro-Brazilian identity. They question their sense of belonging, not because they do not feel Brazilian, but because the "Brazil" they see on TV does not include them. Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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author list (cited authors)

  • La Pastina, A. C., Straubhaar, J. D., & Sifuentes, L.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • La Pastina, Antonio C||Straubhaar, Joseph D||Sifuentes, Lirian

publication date

  • January 2014